Misconceptions of Botox®
Botox® is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available on the market today. Despite its popularity, a good number of people avoid getting Botox® because they believe one of the many myths about it. Here are some of the most common myths about Botox® debunked.
#1. Botox® is dangerous
Many people believe Botox® is dangerous because it is derived from botulinum toxin, which is the same harmful substance responsible for food poisoning. What they do not realize is that a good number of medications are also derived from toxins, including those used to treat heart attacks. The botulinum toxin in Botox® is actually a diluted form that has been proven safe and effective to use. It has also been approved by the FDA to treat wrinkles in the forehead, in addition to a number of other medical conditions.
#2. My face will freeze after having a Botox® injection
It is true that Botox® causes muscles in the face to temporarily freeze, thereby eliminating frown lines and wrinkles. This does not mean that individuals who have Botox® injections will be unable to make expressions, even though they may be prohibited from frowning or squinting. After receiving Botox® injections, patients are able to smile, laugh, and talk as normal, and should barely notice the fact that they are unable to move certain forehead muscles.
#3. Botox® may only be used to treat facial lines and wrinkles
While Botox® is most often used for cosmetic purposes, it nonetheless may be prescribed to treat a number of medical conditions as well. One of the most common is hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating in the armpits and palms of the hand. It may also be used to treat conditions that result in muscle spasms or tremors, such as multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. Some people have even noticed a reduction in the number of migraines they have after taking Botox®. This medication is administered differently when used for medical purposes, and the exact method used will depend on the condition being treated.
#4. People who receive multiple Botox® injections will eventually build up a resistance to it over time
This actually happens in only a small percentage of cases. The effects of Botox® last from between four and six months, after which time many people return to their doctor for a subsequent injection. Approximately 95% of those who do will continue to notice improvement after each injection, regardless of the number of treatments they have. Only around 5% or so will eventually build up a tolerance to Botox® that prevents them from seeing results. These individuals often choose other dermal fillers and injections with much success.
Those who are considering a Botox® injection should research this product carefully to ensure they know what the advantages and disadvantages of it are. They should also speak with their doctor to address any concerns they might have concerning Botox® treatment. Patients who take the time to do these things are much more likely to be satisfied with the results.
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